The Party is Coming!

At the end of this month we’re kicking off our 60th Anniversary celebration with a party at Wheaton Park in Hagerstown!

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This is a great event for everyone! There will be plenty of fun activities for all ages, including live entertainment, free food, games, face painting, a photo booth, free handouts, an Easter egg hunt, and so much more!

Did we mention that this party is free? That’s right, all this fun is free for anyone and everyone so be sure to tell your family and invite your friends to join you. Our spring Party-in-the-Park is from noon – 3pm.

If you’re interested in volunteering go to, call 301.739.1165, or email

Volunteers Needed: Spring Party-in-the-Park!

In March, our 60th Anniversary year-long celebration kicks off with a great outreach opportunity to the community, and you’re invited to be a part of it!

We’re hosting a Party-in-the-Park on March 28th at Wheaton Park in Hagerstown. Wheaton Park is not far from where The Hope Center started on Jail Alley just off of Jonathan Street. It’s only fitting that our first 60th Anniversary activity starts right back where we first started.

Our spring Party-in-the-Park is a great opportunity for us to build relationships with families and get to know the Jonathan Street neighborhood which is located practically in our own backyard!

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The purpose of the Party-in-the-Park is to give neighborhood families a place to come to enjoy games, prizes, entertainment, fun activities, delicious food while also allowing us to minister to them by providing free services like personal care items, family photos, food, prayer, and more. We want to provide the community with a family day full of great activities while also giving them the opportunity to get to know The Hope Center, our services, and the Christian community of Hagerstown a little better.

We’re looking for volunteers to help us bring this event to life. We will have several different areas for volunteers to help, including prayer tents, crowd control, food service, social services distribution, games, prize distribution, friendship liaisons, and more. We’ll need people to help set up, tear down, and clean up.

No matter what your personality type is, we’ve got a volunteer spot for you! Invite your church, small group, family, friends, and co-workers to join you in volunteering. Go to to learn more about our spring Party-in-the-Park and other upcoming 60th Anniversary activities.

If you’re unable to volunteer there is still opportunity for you to help us. In order for us to keep this event free for the community, we are in need of donations of certain items. Below is a list of the various items needed for our Party-in-the-Park. We are extremely thankful if you are able to provide any of these items for our event. Items may be donated to our Administrative Office Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5pm.

  • Bubbles
  • Crayons
  • Smarties candies
  • Small rubber balls
  • Jump ropes
  • Yo-yos
  • Small activity/puzzle/coloring books
  • Individually wrapped candy
  • Hot dogs
  • Hot dog buns

Also be sure to check out our 60th Anniversary website, to learn more about the history of The Hope Center, check out pictures from the last 60 years, and get the scoop on all the activities planned for 2015.

For any questions about the Party-in-the-Park or our 60th Anniversary celebration, please call 301.739.1165 or email

You Ready to Rock the Run?

It won’t be long until we host our first 5K Race/Walk in Hagerstown!

Our Rock the Run: A Race for Hope will take place on Saturday, April 25th at Fairgrounds Park in Hagerstown.

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We are dedicated to helping our neighbors who are homeless & hungry get the shelter, food, and support they need during tough times. This race is just another way for all of our friends in the area to come together and show support and love for those who are struggling.

Money raised through this race will help to fund our homeless (transient) shelter which operates every day of the year. We provide hot showers, toiletries, food, and a warm bed for thousands of homeless people each year.

And we’ve been providing these same services to people since 1955 at no cost to our guests or the tax payer! 

Participating in this race helps to make sure that the less fortunate have a safe, comfortable and loving place to rest, relax, and refresh all in the name of Christ.

You ready to help? Go to to register. And be sure to spread the word to your family, friends, coworkers, church, civic clubs, and more!

We’ll also have our donation trucks available at the race if you have gently used items for our Thrift Stores and Family Assistance ministry as well as food items for our food bank.

If you would like to talk to someone about Rock the Run: A Race for Hope, please call 301.739.1165.

A Wildside Party Kids are Gonna L-O-V-E

Valentine’s Day is almost here and Wildside is ready to celebrate with a big party!


All kids ages 5-12 are invited to join all their friends at Wildside’s Valentine’s Party on Tuesday, February 10th, from 5-7pm in the Trinity Center.

Kids are gonna have a great time playing games, earning prizes, creating art projects, eating delicious food, and learning all about the love of Jesus! And there will be special prizes for the person who wears the most red!


This is a free activity for kids but we do ask that you call 301.739.1165 or email to register your kids for this event.

Complimentary transportation is provided to select areas inside of Hagerstown but space is limited so please call or email Wildside immediately if your children need transportation to and from this event.

To learn more about Wildside Youth Ministries and other activities at Wildside, go to

Don’t Miss Wildside’s Football & Cheerleading Party!

The Super Bowl is upon us and Wildside Youth Ministries is ready for the big game!

On Tuesday, January 27th, Wildside will host their second Football & Cheerleading Party.


Join all your Wildside friends for a fun night celebrating America’s favorite game by participating in football themed games, cheerleading competitions, and an actual game of football. A night of football isn’t complete without some delicious food so you can be sure to get your fill of great food! There will also be prizes, and, most importantly, a chance to learn more about Jesus! Be sure to wear a shirt or jersey from your favorite team!


Wildside’s Football & Cheerleading Party is from 5-7pm in the Trinity Center located next to our Thrift Store on Walnut Street in Hagerstown. This activity is free for kids ages 5-12. Transportation to and from this event is possible but limited. If your kids need a ride, please call 301.739.1165 or email immediately.

To learn more about Wildside Youth Ministries go to If you’re interested in volunteering at Wildside or any other ministry at The Hope Center then go to to learn more.

Maranatha Choir Celebrates the Christmas Season

On December 19th, the joint Christmas choir from Maranatha Brethren Church and Valley Grace Brethren hosted their Christmas Cantata, A Christmas Prayer, for our residents and community guests.

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The show was full of Christmas spirit as the choir celebrated the birth of Jesus with beautiful songs and a story about restoring family bonds through the power of prayer.

In addition to a narrator, the show featured several solos as well as a quartet.

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Following the concert, the choir became dinner servers for all the guests in attendance. A full dinner along with an assortment of Christmas cookies was provided.

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It was a beautiful night of Christmas celebration for all of our guests. We’re so thankful that the Christmas choir from Maranatha Brethren and Valley Grace Brethren Churches perform their Christmas cantata every year for our guests. It’s a beautiful way to celebrate the season and remind each of us of why we really celebrate Christmas.

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To learn more about Maranatha Brethren Church go to or call 301.733.1717. Maranatha Brethren is located at 19835 Scott Hill Drive in Hagerstown.

For more info about Valley Grace Brethren visit or call 301.582.0155. Valley Grace Brethren is located at 17310 Gay Street in Hagerstown.

2015 is a Year of Celebration!

In 1955, God called and a family answered.

Jim & Ellen Resh took a leap of faith and followed God into the dark world of homelessness, alcoholism, and hopelessness in the heart of Hagerstown.

And now, 60 years later, The Hope Center is standing firm and helping thousands of people each year in Hagerstown.

60th-HiResThe Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission is celebrating 60 years of hope this year and it’s going to be a year-long party!


We’re hosting events to get everyone in the community involved in our celebration. We have parties lined up, musical shows, dinner concerts, a 5k run/walk, and so much more!

To keep up with all the activities, go to and get familiar with our calendar of events for 2015. You can be a part of the celebration by attending, sponsoring, or volunteering at one or all of our activities.

We’re beyond excited to celebrate all that God has done at The Hope Center in the past 60 years and we’re thrilled to celebrate with you!

You’ve been a part of the impact, now be a part of the party! Check out our 60th Anniversary website, mark your calendars, and spread the word. It’s just not a party without you!

Visit to get the scoop on all the anniversary activities. Also, go to to register to run or walk in our 5k in Hagerstown.

To learn about how you can volunteer at The Hope Center, go to